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Queensland Aquaculture Strategy open for public consultation

Public consultation is now open for the Queensland Aquaculture Strategy 2024-2034 to give Queenslanders a chance to have their say on the seafood industry.

The strategy is being developed to maintain Queensland’s reputation as the nation’s preferred supplier of quality farmed seafood, an industry worth $263 million and growing.

The Queensland aquaculture industry is key to meeting continued and growing consumer demand for high quality.

minister for agricultural industry development and fisheries and minister for rural communities, Mark Furner, said it is important to grow the seafood industry across the state.

“We want to hear from all sectors of the community so we can further enhance Queensland’s reputation as a supplier of sustainable, responsibly sourced, and farmed products.

Key to this continued growth will be considering protections for our unique environments that strengthen stock sustainability.

The strategy is a part of a $15 million commitment under the Future Fishing Taskforce’s recommendations that aim to significantly reduce high-risk fishing activities impacting the Great Barrier Reef.

The Queensland and Australian Governments have committed $185 million to implement all Taskforce recommendations.

The Queensland Aquaculture Strategy 2024-2034 will identify research priorities, best practice regulatory approaches, and provide a clear direction for aquaculture’s future in Queensland.

It will also accelerate the uptake of innovative approaches and investment to ensure Queensland continues to be a world leader in best practice, sustainable aquaculture.

The Queensland Aquaculture Strategy consultation paper is available now and submissions close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

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